Does Eating While Driving Increase Accident Risk?

Let’s face it; eating while driving is quite common. This is evident by the numerous drive-thru restaurants scattered across America. Whether it’s a burger or a Snickers bar, Americans routinely multi-task in their cars by consuming a variety of meals and snacks on the go. Fast food companies even cater to this by offering “car cups” and handy packaging for easier portability. In fact, over 70% of drivers report routinely eats while driving and another 83% routinely consume beverages.

Eating and Distracted Driving

 

Yet a recent study shows that eating while driving is responsible for 80% of all car accidents and 60% of near-miss car accidents. Distractions, like grabbing for French fries or downing your morning coffee, leads to inattentiveness on the road. This directly leads to catastrophic and deadly car crashes.

The Top Food Culprits

 

Of all the foods you can eat in the car, some are just worst than others. Some of the worst foods to eat in the car include:

  • Soup
  • Tacos
  • Chilidogs
  • Hamburgers
  • Ribs or wings
  • Fried Chicken
  • Jelly Doughnuts
  • Soda
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Coffee

Distracted Driving Kills

 

Whether its food or talking on the cellphone distracted driving leads to more 1600 crashes a day across the United States. These car accidents serious injure numerous passengers and are responsible for up to 9 deaths a day.
In order to avoid Westminster car accidents, drivers are urged to avoid all types of distractions while driving, including eating and drinking. If you go through a drive-thru, consider pulling over at a park to eat your lunch or wait until you get home. If you are passing out food to passengers, pull over into a parking spot after you leave the drive-thru and avoid driving until all passengers are settled.

Contact Colorado Car Crash Lawyers

 

Reisch Law Firm DenverIf you or someone you love is injured by a distracted driver in Westminster, Denver, Aurora or anywhere in the State of Colorado, it is important to know that you have legal options. You may need compensation for injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering, and rehabilitation. If your injuries are severe or life changing, you may even need compensation to pay for future medical expenses and loss of future earnings.
Call the Westminster car accident attorneys at Reisch Law Firm today at 1-303-291-0555 for a FREE Consultation.

 

The personal injury attorneys at Reisch Law Firm have successfully represented injured individuals and their families in Westminster, Arvada, Boulder, Commerce City, Northglenn, Broomfield, Berkley, Wheat Ridge, Brighton, Thornton, Denver, Lakewood, and throughout the State of Colorado.